FLUTE Member Of The Week
May 17 to 23, 1999
As a longtime member of the FLUTE list I am both pleased and honored to have the opportunity to share a little about myself to our virtual community. Being a part of our online group has been a wonderful experience for me. I have learned much and have had a great time reading the postings. Although I don't post a lot, I am always there. I hope to meet many of the members at the NFA conventions. My company often has an exhibit. Make sure to stop by to introduce yourself and say hello when passing our booth.

I am the oldest of three sons born in Trenton, New Jersey to a musical family. My father, Harry, was an accomplished and respected classical as well as jazz accordionist virtuoso. He was a featured artist and clinician throughout his career for several manufactures. Additionally, a great uncle, which I never met or knew, was a professional flutist in the famous LaScala Orchestra of Milan, Italy. I started my musical training at the early age of seven taking lessons from my father on the accordion followed by the study of piano. When in seventh grade, I wanted to participate in the school band. After asking the band director what instrument had no one else picked to play, I started the flute. It was the start of a long association with this instrument. Who knows, today I would have probably picked the trombone since that is what few are choosing. Arranging and composition became an important part of my life during high school where I wrote for the school bands and orchestra. I seemed to have a knack for this and enjoyed it a lot. Theory, harmony and instrumental scoring peaked my interest even at this early age and came easy to me. I was always interested in finding notes of color to add to chords that would give a little extra excitement to the harmony. To this day, hearing one of my arrangements or compositions for the first time gives me an unexplainable thrill. Deciding to make music a career, I went on to receive a formal education at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois and Glassboro State College, Glassboro, New Jersey. It was in the college concert band at Glassboro, I met my wife, Marguerite (Peggy), also a flutist. We have two daughters. Anna Maria the oldest, is an Italian teacher, mother of three, now operating a high end children's clothing and shoe store in Lawrenceville, NJ with her husband. Our second daughter, Christina, a professional ballet dancer, has a long list of credits. At the writing of this she is currently a ballet dancer with the show Mystère of the Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, Nevada. She will be moving back to New York very shortly to be with her husband, who is there working in aircraft leasing and investment banking. The long distance relationship is a lot harder than they anticipated as I had told her.
In addition to playing the flute and keyboard instruments, I am active in many other aspects of music, including composing, arranging, teaching, and multiple areas of performance. I am currently the director of "Flutistically Yours"; a professional flute quartet, leader of the "Ricky Lombardo Orchestra", an eight piece commercial/jazz ensemble; and flutist/staff arranger for the "American Heritage Wind Ensemble" of Princeton, New Jersey. Currently, I am working on a commission for the band that will feature a blues jazz harmonica solo featuring John Popper from the well know group Blues Travelers. It is sure to be an interesting work with 60 musicians in a wind ensemble complete with a high powered jazz rhythm section and a blues harmonica solo. I am writing the solo part so it can adapted to almost any solo instrument including the flute.

Even though I have written music for a wide range of performance mediums, the expandable flute choir concept is what I am know for in the flute world. This is a style of arranging for flute choir that will allow the arrangement be used with flexible instrumentation using a minimum of a quartet. The arrangement then expands to a full flute choir by adding to the harmonic structure or introducing new musical lines as additional flutes are introduced. It has caught on and is very popular with these ensembles. My published compositions/arrangements in addition to those for flute include, works for brass ensembles, sax quartet and chamber groups. My works are represented by several companies including Alry Publications, Kendor Music, and Touch of Brass. In 1995 I formed my own company, Lombardo Music Publications (LMP). I also am a middle school band director in the Princeton Regional Schools, Princeton, New Jersey. Hopefully, in the not too distant future, I will be able to devote full time to my composing and arranging. More practicing would be nice, too. There just don't seem to be enough hours in the day to do it all. For those that are interested, I play on a Powell flute and piccolo. My computer is a Power Mac. All my LMP arrangements are engraved using "Finale" software.

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